HOMENET SOUTH ASIA (HNSA) is a regional network of home-based worker organisations spread across eight countries in the region. Founded in 2000, HNSA is the first and only network for home-based workers. Since its inception, it is recognized as the leading voice for home-based workers in the region with initiatives aimed at empowering women, home-based workers to help them improve their lives and livelihoods. HomeNet South Asia represent over 900,000 home-based worker voices in the South Asian region, 95% of these are women.
HNSA’s network is made of member-based organisations (MBOs) and representative non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are based in South Asia. These include trade unions, cooperatives, producer companies, and representative NGOs that engage with home-based workers.
When the United Nations’ Secretary General established the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, in 2016, the Panel declared that “No Woman Left Behind” would be its first guiding principle.
These guidelines present the recommendations and working tools developed by the ETI Homeworkers Project Group for those working within international supply chains that source from homeworkers. They seek to provide guidance on how retailers, suppliers, trade unions (TUs) and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) can take action to help improve the working conditions of homeworkers. The ultimate aim is to work towards the implementation of internationally agreed labour standards with homeworkers, specifically those of the ETI Base Code.
Global supply chains are a key source of economic opportunity in today’s globalized economy. But the quality of and returns from those opportunities depends on how workers and enterprises are inserted into the supply chain. Within the manufacturing global supply chains, one of the ways in which the informal workers have inserted areas industrial out workers for formal suppliers or lead firms, many of whom work from their own homes, called homeworkers.
This discussion paper is the result of collaboration between UN Women, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) and HomeNet South Asia Trust, under the overall supervision of Anuradha Seth, Policy Advisor, UN Women. January 2018
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